MIDDLE SCHOOL'S E3 DAY ENCOURAGES KIDS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Acting on its motto, "Everyone Matters, Everyone Cares, Everyone Learns," North Shore Middle School held it annual E3 Day on Tuesday, a Thanksgiving week tradition that promotes community service and civic mindedness.
During the day-long event, students participate in one of more than a dozen service opportunities, from singing and performing at the Glen Cove Senior Center, to raking leaves at a local park, to raising funds for cancer research in a Dance-a-Thon.
The day kicked off with a "Breakfast Exchange" - a swap in which teachers collected canned and dried foods from students for donation to local food pantries, and in return the faculty served the students breakfast.
After a homeroom activity promoting the intrinsic value in "making a difference," students assembled in the gymnasium where high school students presented on their own experiences "making a difference," both locally and globally.
It was then off to service activities, many at the Middle School, and others farther flung such as at district elementary schools where students helped out in the classroom, or at St. Boniface Church to assist in organizing the food pantry for the holidays.
“All in all… it was a productive day. But most importantly, our students felt great joy on the inside, learning what it means to give to others, to care for others, and to make a difference in the world around them," said Middle School Principal Dr. Mark Ferris. There is no greater feeling and it was felt today… by all of our students. I want to thank all of our teachers, students, staff members, and parent volunteers for a REALLY WONDERFUL day!”
Article by Northwordnews
Photographs by Shelly Newman
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